The Presiding Bishop and our Historic Bicentenary

Date: October 2, 2023

We have all tracked the health of the Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, very closely. He has been commendably transparent, sharing with us all the details of his procedures and the prognosis of his doctors. We know that he had surgery to remove his right adrenal gland and an attached mass. And we are delighted that he is out of the ICU and the news about his recovery is hopeful.

We have learned that he is unable to attend our Historic Bicentenary on October 14. He has recently undergone major surgery and the priority must be his recovery. So, he will follow the instructions of his doctors and allow the body to do the hard work of healing. We all love Bishop Michael Curry. We will miss his exceptional preaching and gracious presence. We are also all pleased that he is making his healing the priority. He is determined to be present at VTS on December 17 to confer the Dean’s Cross on Ms. Ellen Hawkins and deliver a lecture on “The Way of Love”.

Meanwhile, on October 14, we are honored to have Archbishop Hosam Naoum, Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, to preside at the Eucharist, and I will be the preacher. Meanwhile, we will continue to keep Bishop Michael Curry in our prayers.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
The Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and the President of The General Theological Seminary

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